The MARJORIE LAWRENCE
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HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS USA

 

Photograph of Miss Lawrence by society photographer Miss Sophie Delar of New York City. National Library of Australia.

    "If you are to get to the top and remain there or near there, you must keep on studying."
              Metropolitan Opera star Marjorie Lawrence from her autobiography Interrupted Melody



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The favorite links of the Marjorie Lawrence Project are listed on this page. Included is a short description of each webpage or video.

There are many resources and articles about Marjorie Lawrence, and there are many inaccuracies to be found in them. For example, Marjorie Lawrence was not born in 1909, and she was not born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also, she did not "stop performing" in 1952. And she did not "retire" to Hot Springs, Arkansas USA.

This list is a work in progress. All questions and suggestions are very much appreciated at MLP. Please contact the Project Coordinator Barbara A. Sloan at akasii@aol.com.

Marjorie Lawrence Autobiography

The entire 1949 manuscript of Interrupted Melody can be found online, but that early scan using OCR software has too many typos, making it difficult to read. A better choice for this beautiful love story is the hard copy (available in hardback and paperback). Both contain wonderful black-and-white photographs.

The 1955 movie version, also available, is pure Hollywood entertainment. The original manuscript had to be changed considerably for the screenplay, allowing its authors to win the Oscar that year.

Marjorie Lawrence Biography

Of course, Wikipedia is the classic place to begin one's research.

A less-lengthy resource is the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. The text will print up as 3 pages long.

Another 3-page bio can be found at Live Performance Australia.

Marjorie Lawrence Video

This 53-second British Pathe newsreel video from 1947 shows the soprano with her husband Dr. Thomas King in her first standing performance since being stricken with polio in 1941.




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Artist Daisy McDonald has created a portrait of international opera star Marjorie Lawrence in her landmark performance of the Immolation Scene, the finale of Richard Wagner�s The Ring Trilogy. Wearing a black wig and white gown, the Australian soprano made operatic history during her 1936 Metropolitan Opera debut when, as the character Br�de, she rode a live horse across the stage and into the funeral pyre of the beloved Siegfried.

The title of the painting refers to Miss Lawrence�s real-life battle with sudden paralysis from polio in 1941, her determination to continue her operatic career, and her hope to some day walk again. The diva�s 1949 autobiography entitled Interrupted Melody chronicles her unforeseen arrival in Hot Springs for its �healing waters� and her victorious return to the Metropolitan Opera stage.

A native of Dallas, Daisy arrived in Hot Springs in 1981 with her famous husband, the late Maurice "Nick" McDonald. Soon after her move to the Spa City, she enrolled in a six-week painting class. Not only was it love at first brush stroke, it became a whole new career for her.

The consummate professional, Daisy has received acclaim for her artwork both locally and nationally. She enjoys working in all media and styles, with subjects ranging from thoroughbreds to bathhouses to ballerinas. Notable commissions include her portrait of local hotelier Hill Wheatley and a scene from Oaklawn Racetrack for the family of former President Bill Clinton.

Webpage courtesy of AKAS II - because there's more to Art than meets the Eye! (sm)
Revised 01.16.13. Copyright 2010-2013 AKAS II. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Sophie Delar. Text: Barbara A. Sloan.